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Golf Australia Qld Government Announcement 1st April 2021

Golf Australia
Queensland Government Announcement – 1st of April 2021

As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates.

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.

Queensland Government Announcement – 1st of April 2021

The Queensland government has announced that from 12pm (midday) AEST Thursday 1 April 2021 to Thursday 15 April 2021, restrictions will ease in greater Brisbane. All of Queensland will be subject to the same restrictions.

For the most recent Queensland Government COVID-19 updates, including restrictions, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Playing Golf

Golf can played under the same restrictions that were in place prior to the Brisbane 3-Day Lockdown which is in line with the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Team Sports. This includes;

  • play in groups of four
  • hold shotgun & multi-tee starts
  • have two people per cart – The Queensland Government strongly recommends you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, as such it is recommended that face mask are worn if you are sharing a motorised Golf Cart.
  • Shared equipment restrictions remain. Golf Australia’s recommendation is for Clubs and facilities to continue the use of these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation of shared equipment under current restrictions. A facility may choose to allow the removal of flagsticks, rakes in bunkers, NTP’s and score cards, however, this shared equipment needs to be washed or wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after each use.

Clubhouse Operations

Clubhouses can only open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed. To view further information please CLICK HERE

Face Masks

  • Individuals must carry a face mask at all times
  • Individuals must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose at all times when in indoor spaces i.e. walking through a Clubhouse, Pro Shop, doing Score Card return (if inside), locker room etc.
  • Individuals are not required to wear a face mask when indoors and are seated and eating or drinking.
  • Individuals must wear a face mask outdoor when it is not possible to physically distance i.e. sharing a golf cart.
  • Individuals are not required to wear a face mask when outdoors and are able to physically distance i.e. when playing golf.
  • Masks must be worn by face-to-face hospitality staff, this includes pro shop staff. This will not apply to back of house staff
  • A person who removes their face mask must resume wearing the face mask as soon as practicable after the circumstance ends.

Further Information

For further information, please refer to,

Queensland Health Advice

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • Leave a location if it is crowded.

If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Golf Australia contact:

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact either

David Webber, Clubs & Facilities Support Manager QLD, david.webber@golf.org.au, 0498 498 242

Luke Bates, Golf Operations & State Senior Manager QLD, luke.bates@golf.org.au, 0439 780 677

PGA of Australia contact:

If PGA members require additional information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Broc Greenhalgh, State Manager on (07) 5657 6105 or bgreenhalgh@pga.org.au

Kind regards,

Dave Webber

2020 Pennant Final Results

Div 1: Emerald Lakes Div: 2 RACV Royal Pines

2020 Pennant Finals played Sunday 29th Nov, 2020 at Arundel Hills Country Club. Perfect weather – perfect day

Congratulations

Division 1:

Emerald Lakes defeated Southport 4 1/2    /   2 1/2

Division 2:

R.A.C.V. Royal Pines defeated Links Hope Island  4 1/2  /  2  1/2

2020 Coolangatta Tweed TWIN TOWNS AMATEUR OPEN CANCELLED

8.1.21 Coolangatta & Tweeds Heads Golf Club have cancelled the Twin Towns Open and GCDGA Championship – notification has been emailed from Nicole at CTHGC.

 

Email sent to players regarding reschedule of event. Please contact Nicole for further information.

Dear Player,

Hope you are well.

Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel the Twin Towns Open following the large volume of rain receive over the last week in the Tweed Region.

The course had received over 450mm of rain prior to a further deluge of 100mm which fell on the course in last 24 hours, making a number of holes completely unplayable.

With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting further rain on Saturday 19 December and safety concerns for staff and players on course plus the fact that we wouldn’t be able to present the course adequately for a Tournament of this significance, we had no choice but to cancel the event on Sunday 20 December 2020.

The event has been rescheduled to Sunday 10 January 2021, all players will remain entered in the event and the current draw will remain in place.

 If you are unavailable to play on the rescheduled event date of Sunday 10 January 2021, please forward your request to withdraw from the tournament via email to nicole@cooltweedgolf.com.au

If you have further questions please feel free to contact me directly.

Kind regards,

Nicole James
Development Manager

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club

Soorley Street (PO Box 6010), Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
PH: 0755245330

Mobile 0417 265 881

 

2020 Cool Tweed GC TWIN TOWNS AMATEUR OPEN

Played in conjunction with Gold Coast District Golf Association Closed Championships

Sunday 20th December 2020

Entries: https://www.mitournament.com:443/tournament/register?tournamentId=169751

Details can also be found www.cooltweedgolf.com.au

Email Nicole nicole@cooltweedgolf.com.au

Entries close:14th December – don’t miss out!

GCDGA Open Pennant Division 1 and Division 2 Draw Changes

New Draws for 2020 GCDGA Open Pennant Div 1 & 2

2020 GCDGA THE PENNANT DRAW DIV ONE

2020 GCDGA THE PENNANT DRAW DIV TWO

Also see event rules and conditions, result sheets under Events TAB and select Open Pennant

Please make your team players aware of changes.  Emails have been sent to your home clubs.

These changes can be for  Sunday 1st November 2020 so please check your draw.

Golf Australia Update – Regarding Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Update – Regarding Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities regarding complying with the Queensland Stage 4 easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

We remind all Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities to please continue to adhere to the following:

Since Queensland progressed to Stage 4 easing of Covid-19 restrictions we have had a number of enquiries around shared equipment (i.e. Flagsticks and bunker rakes).  Following review of the updated Covid-safe plan – Outdoor Sports and discussions with Queensland Government, Golf Australia’s recommendation is for Clubs to continue the use of these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation of shared equipment under currect restrictions.

Where an event is outside of the scope or not solely covered by the Approved COVID Safe Plans for reasons such as but not limited to having larger than 500 people (indoor events) or 1000 people (outdoor events), read the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events which provides guidance on organising Covid Safe Events.

Further information on the Covid-19 restrictions for sport, recreation and fitness activities can be found at Queensland Return to Play

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

 

GCDGA President – Thank you Neil

The Gold Coast District Golf Association would like to advise that our President Neil Steinhardt has resigned.  We wish to thank Neil for his major contributions to the association during his years of devoted service. 

Neil has decided to resign from the G.C.D.G.A. to pursue future adventures both personally and professionally and we wish him every success.  We will all miss Neil but be assured he won’t disappear completely and the association will still be able to call on him for his valuable experience from time to time.   

We would also like to thank Neil’s wife Helen for many sacrifices she has made for the district over many years to allow Neil to pursue his second passion which is Golf and carry out his many duties which enabled club members to enjoy the many competitions the district provide each year. 

So, thank you Helen and Neil for your contribution to golf on the Gold Coast and we wish you much success in your future 

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities in response to the current COVID situation in South East Queensland.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done a fantastic job in providing a safe environment for our sport to be played, whilst recently there has been a number of new restrictions on gatherings in South East Queensland, the Chief Health Officer advises that at this stage, community sport can continue provided Industry Covid Safe Plans are adhered to.

We remind all Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities to please continue to adhere to the following:

  • Ensure you are operating and adhering to the Outdoor Sports COVID Safe Plan and that hygiene and sanitisation practices are implemented. Please Click Here to view Industry Covid-safe plan – Outdoor Sports
  • For further guidance on adherence to the Covid-Safe Plan Please Click Here to view Golf Australia Covid-19 Safe Plan Guidance- QLD
  • Continue promoting to your members and customers that if they are unwell, they should not participate or attend your Golf Club or facility.
  • Ensure the collection of ALL attendees contact details is occurring and can be provided to a public health official within the required 60 minutes of the request. Public Health Units across the State as well as Queensland Police have the ability to check-in and request information surrounding your club or association compliance any time.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had an increase in enquiries from Golf Clubs and members from across Queensland around the continued use of Covid-19 Local Rules. It is Golf Australia’s recommendation to use these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation.

Last week Golf Australia conducted the Men’s and Women’s Queensland Strokeplay and Amateur Championships on the Gold Coast, at these events the following local rules were in effect and we recommend Golf Clubs continue to use these local rules for all events:

  • A player may prefer their lie up to 1 scorecard length within a bunker. (Bunker rakes were removed from both venues)
  • The flagstick is to be left in the hole at all times.
  • A player must mark their own scorecard, with the marker to verbally attest their score. The scorecard must be signed by the player only.

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

Gold Coast Senior Mens Amateur Championship Golfing Wrap Up

Australian Senior Golfer

Darryl Hearsch wraps up all the latest senior amateur golfing action from around the country, while new contributor Kim Burke reports on the WA and QLD Senior Women’s Championships

https://australianseniorgolfer.com.au/25645/australian-senior-amateur-golfing-wrap-august-2020/

Excellent wrap up of our Gold Coast annual event by Darryl Hearsch click the link above to take you to the entire review.

The Association and committee members look forward to next year and hopefully with no covid-19 pandemic restrictions so our international players can return – we missed you this year.

Twin Towns Open & CTHGC Cup Cancelled

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club has regretfully requested their event promotion be removed from our website due to cancellation at this time.  Covid/Border challenges along with Golf NSW recommendation resulted in the event being removed from their calendar.

Updates to rescheduling will be posted in the coming months if notified by CTHGC they are able to add this event later in the year.

Watch This Space !

Super Senior Pennant Covid-19 Update

Covid 19

The GCDGA wishes to advise that both Division 1 and Division 2 of Super Senior Pennant will be playing as per the current draw  for Monday 10th August 2020.

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club will continue to play in all Senior and Super Senior events as normal and I will be tinkering with Senior Division 1 and 2 as we enter a new stage of the Covid-19 Restrictions as they tend to change frequently.

We will keep everyone up to date as per information is broadcast from Queensland as per border restrictions.

Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championship REGISTER NOW

Ken Brewer, Lynwood Golf Club the 2020 Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championships, G.C.D.G.A.

54 Hole Gross Leaderboard Scores

2020 GCDGA Senior Men_s Amateur Championships Leaderboard Gross 54 Holes

Thank you to all players for competing in the Gold Coast District Golf Association Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championships.  During covid-19 it was very tenuous for a few months if we could be able to open registrations but once opened the response from you all was amazing and again our annual 3 day Championship was underway.  Catering wasn’t available to be in the event this year, as back when we released entry it wasn’t something we could confirm at any point, so the covid-19 version was created and we hope understood buy the reduced rate reflected in the entry fee for this year.

Thank you to Links Hope Island Management and Course Crew & Pro Shop who were professional, courteous and amazing as usual and the club was prepared for you everyday.  The club cafe was available to all players for Breakfast, Lunch and coffee – thank you.

Congratulations to all who competed and the winners it was a very competitive field.  We have several trophies and prizes to be mailed to those who couldn’t be at the presentation – we will contact you when your prize is on the way.

The G.C.D.G.A. team enjoyed saying hi to returning faces and meeting new ones.  We hope you enjoyed your golfing championships and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

The Team:  Neil Steinhardt (President), Ray Piper (Vice President), Ian Mitchell , Steve Stanton competing with you on the course, Barry Neill Secretary and Paul Orchard cheering on from other commitments.  Thank you to all the guys for what they do on the days or leading up to the event.

 

Update Covid-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities Update from 5pm

Alert- QLD Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports

Further to the email sent out at 12.00pm today, the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports has been approved by the Queensland State Government.

Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor (Team) Sports
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/130204/industry-covid-safe-outdoor-sports.pdf

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

COVID-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland golf clubs and facilities regarding the Queensland Governments’ Stage 2 easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done an amazing job in managing the strict restrictions in place due to COVID-19 which has allowed many golfers to have access the game they love through these extraordinary times. Golf Australia and our clubs/facilities must ensure that the Queensland Government requirements continue to be met to ensure that the risk of transmission continues to be minimised.

COVID Safe Industry Plans

From Friday 5 June, golf clubs and facilities operating under an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan will be allowed up to 20 patrons in multiple defined areas.

There is no need for golf clubs and facilities to prepare and lodge with government an individual COVID Safe Plans. Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports
    1. This Plan is awaiting approval. Please continue to check- COVID Safe Industry Plan

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

Statement of Compliance- https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/129927/Statement-of-compliance.pdf
Motorised Golf Buggies

Golf Australia has received confirmation from the Chief Health Officer through the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that effective immediately motorised buggies can be used in the same manner they were prior to the Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect, this includes two people sharing a cart that are not from the same household. Golf Clubs and Facilities are required to ensure motorised buggies are adequately cleaned and disinfected before each use.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

COVID-19 Stage 2 FAQ’s

FAQ SHEET-CLICK HERE

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

Golf Cart Protection Screens Covid-19

Thank you to Luke & Mike at Parkwood Int Golf Course for advising the Gold Coast District Golf Association of the protection screens they have installed in their carts to enable 2 people to ride in one cart.  Picture above shows the concept they have installed and were happy to let all fellow district clubs know what they have done and where to source screens if they choose to.

Manufactured by  sterlingproducts.com.au

 

Qld Sport and Recreation COVID Safe Restart Funding

 

Queensland Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $51.3 million to help local clubs re-start through a number of options:

$14 million COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart – funding to purchase hygiene supplies, products, training or equipment to allow them to return to play, this funding can also be used for operational needs such as utilities and bills. This will see up to 7000 clubs receiving grants of up to $2000.

$15.5 million Active Restart infrastructure Recovery Fund – grants for minor works and support up to 3000 clubs to purchase revenue generating equipment to help them return to play.

$11 million FairPlay vouchers – vouchers of up to $150 for around 73,000 young Queenslanders to participate in physical activity opportunities and support families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

For more information: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/funding-grants

Golf Australia Clubs and facilities Support is offering professional grant writing assistance to help clubs secure this funding.

Please contact David Webber, Clubs and Facilities Support Manager-QLD- davidw@golf.org.au 0498 498 242